Summer Programs

Partnership with Autism Society of MinnesotaAuSM logo

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AuSM Registration

The Minnesota Zoo is excited to partner with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) to offer summer camp opportunities for youth with autism.

All camp sessions will be co-taught by a Minnesota Zoo Naturalist and AuSM Educators. Participants must be group-ready: demonstrate self-care skills without assistance; follow adult direction; show readiness for large group participation, including the ability to remain with the group at all times; and follow safety rules independently.

Scholarships Available 
Visit mnzoo.org/scholarships for information.

Camp Schedule

Disguises & Surprises (ages 8-11)
June 17–21
8:30-11:30 a.m. 
For animals, a good disguise or sudden surprise comes in handy every day. What’s the secret behind animal “tricks” like playing dead, rolling into a ball, and showing off? Discover how animals are designed to be masters of deception.
Fee: $325 (no member discounts apply)

Ocean Commotion (ages 12 to 15)
July 15–19
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Welcome to a world of constant change! Meet the creatures of this wonderful watery world and explore their awesome abilities to survive and thrive—despite all the commotion.
Fee: $325 (no member discounts apply)

Zoo Crew and Zoo Design (ages 16 to 19)
Aug 5–9
8:30-11:30 a.m.
If you’re interested in working at a zoo, then this camp is for you. Explore a day in the life of our animal care staff and other exciting careers to see if the Zoo is the place for you. Learn how zoo exhibits are designed and plan your own zoo exhibit with the help of our design experts. Come join the crew!
Fee: $325 (no member discounts apply)